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2015 California Audio Show, Part 5

Finally, after two very frustrating years of poor planning and an airport stranding courtesy of Jet Blue Airlines, I actually made it back to the California Audio Show.   ASC First and foremost, I would like to begin my report by saying that many rooms sounded really fantastic. One really good reason for this high […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 3

The third floor had the most interesting stuff on it, maybe not the best, but the most interesting. Like last year, the most fun room was the Burwell and Son’s room. This year, they shared the big corner room on the third floor with Bottlehead and Tape Project. The source was The Tape Project’s Otari […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 4

Morning greeted me with a sunny warm morning in Sonoma County. As I got ready for my day at the Westin Hotel by SFO (that is San Francisco Airport for those who don’t know), I look forward to a day of complete immersion into audiophile bliss. But first an hour and a half of San […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 2

The rooms of the first floor and one on the second floor fall into this category. They are much bigger than any room you would find in a normal house. Then, there were five other rooms on the second floor and two on the third that would be considered large rooms in an average American […]  read more…


2015 California Audio Show, Part 1

This was the sixth California Audio Show and during that time the world of Audio Shows has changed. To begin with, there are a lot more of them, and the California Audio Show have become more of a local manufacturers and dealers show. I know that attendees would like more rooms of equipment, and vendors […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports, The Two Best Vintage Sounding Rooms

Let start with the Burwell & Sons room; it was right there when you got off the elevator on the third floor and it sure seemed to be the best attended room at the show. From a few minutes before the doors officially opened on Friday until after the show was over on Sunday the […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Best Room Combining Vintage and Modern Sound

Music First Audio teamed up with TriangleART and Audio Note UK to produce the best sound I have heard from a pair of Audio Note E’s at a show, and that includes the Audio Note Level 5 system that was at the California show last year. The speakers in this system were some of the […]  read more…


Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Turntable Eye Candy


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Two Best Modern Sounding Rooms

As I said this year I want to cover the show a little differently. I‘ve posted some pictures of turntable eye candy and a thought piece, I called the blessings and curses of Audio Shows. Now it’s time to get to my six favorite rooms starting with the two best modern sounding rooms. Then in […]  read more…


The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports

This year I want to cover the show a little differently. I’ll post some pictures and my usual turntable eye candy pictures. I’ll also give you an article about my six favorite rooms divided into the two best modern sounding rooms, the two best vintage sounding rooms, and the two best rooms that bridged the […]  read more…


CAS 4 – Most Improved Sound – Burwell & Sons Custom Altec Speakers

Last year was the first audio show for Gordon Burwell and his sons to bring their custom built speakers to the audiophile world. While the cabinets were exceptional and many of us would drool over the vintage Altec drivers, the speakers still seemed to be a work in progress to me. Both Gordon Sr. and […]  read more…


CAS 4 – Old Friends and Some New Friends

Acoustic Zen and Triode Corporation Room Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen makes wonderful speakers in San Diego, California. I should probably also mention that Mr. Lee is one of the nicest hosts around, and a true gentleman.He was showing his Crescendo loudspeakers ($16,000/pair), which use a slightly horn-loaded ribbon tweeter, two 5″ midrange drivers, and […]  read more…


CAS 4 – Best In Show

Ok, I’m kidding, but I couldn’t not mention that the “New England Lobster Market & Eatery” was by far the best lobster I have eaten outside of Maine. I understand they supply lobster to many of the seafood restaurants in the Bay Area. Whatever they were doing, it was GREAT!!!! Best Audio System At CAS […]  read more…


CAS4 – Best Debut Product Wilson Audio Duette Series 2

The Duette Series 2s were in a great room on the second floor. I should mention one of the best things about this show was the great size of the rooms on the first and second floor as well as the corner rooms on the third floor. This was not a room I expected to […]  read more…


CAS 4 – The Best Sound for the Money

The Fritz Speakers and WyWires room was a revelation. I heard several other reviewers say the same thing. My best description of this room was it is what I would consider an incredible price for a true high end system. There were several rooms at the show that had outstanding sound for the money. One […]  read more…


CAS4 Coverage IV – Headmasters Event

This was the first time I attended the California Audio Show, now in its fourth year. It was also my first time organizing a section of the show and I am thankful for all the people who helped me to make the event a major success. The HeadMasters vendors who were present there made for […]  read more…


CAS4 Coverage III

Blue Coast Records Cookie Marenco was doing a live recording utilizing the Sonora DSD Recording system developed by Sony. The recordings featured Steve McQuarry on Yamaha Grand Piano and Ted Burik using an acoustic bass. The 8-channel recording was done with the EMM Meitner A-D/D-A converter, Korg 2000 mixer and the Sony AR1 speakers . […]  read more…


CAS4 Coverage II


CAS4 Coverage I

Acapella Van Schweikert Speakers & Raven MSR Audio Note Audioengine Music First Audio Salk Signature Sound      read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part X

These last few rooms also stood out to me as being some of the better rooms at CAS. Bob Hodas Acoustical Analysis/Focal This was one of the best sounding rooms at CAS and certainly the quietest room there, due to Bob’s acoustic treatments. Piper Payne brought her masterising system to the show and was there […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part IX

Audio Space is distributed by GINI Systems of Pomona, CA. They were showing the Audio Space Reference 3.1 300B-21W integrated amp with MM phono ($4,290), the CDP-8A tubed CD player ($1,290), and the DAC-US ($3,000). This was being played by the LS-3/5A monitor loudspeaker ($1,790/pair) which I reviewed, but now they were sitting atop the […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part VIII

Soundscape Audio and Video of Santa Rosa were showing MartinLogan speakers paired with Vincent Audio gear. This to me took a bit of mental adjustment. Seeing the MartinLogan name to me is all about electrostatics. Having been an owner of ML electrostatic speakers from the period of 1987 until just this past May, it was […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part VII

The Eficion/Plinius Room was hosted by the ever-gracious Peigen Jiang. As you may recall, it was a year ago at CAS 2011 when I first heard the exquisite sound of the Eficion F300 and subsequently fell in love with them. This year, the room was a bit more challenging. The F300’s did not sound anywhere […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part VI

CAS 2012: The Third Installment of what has quickly become a Classic Having already been to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show as well as the 2012 Audio Expo (AXPONA), I decided to take a different approach to this year’s CAS. I had already heard the big systems in the ballroom and I knew that quite […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part IV

MBL I must admit that I wasn’t all that excited about auditioning MBL. I prefer high-efficiency speakers and single-ended tube amplifiers, which is the antithesis of low 80-dB sensitive speakers and 1000-watt amplifiers. And I have not generally liked the sound of omni-directional speakers though their design promise makes a lot of sense. MBL had […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part V: Top five rooms

Top Five Rooms There were many fine rooms at this year’s CAS, but five really stood out to me. I’m listing these in alphabetical order, not in order of which was best. If there had to be one “Best in Show” I would have needed more time in each room than was possible. Acoustic Zen/Triode […]  read more…


2012 Coverage, Part III

This was the third California Audio Show and I think to say the best. It was well attended and all the dealers I talked with seemed to be pleased. This is a local dealer based show and in the Bay Area that means you get to hear lots of great equipment. If you entered the […]  read more…


2012 Coverage, Part II

The 3rd annual California Audio Show was held in San Francisco, and this was my first time covering this event and first time to the wonderful San Francisco. Before diving into the rooms, I wish to caution readers that findings here should be viewed with caution as many exhibitors were heavily impeded with regards to […]  read more…


2012 CAS Coverage, Part I: Turntable Eye Candy

2012 California Audio Show’s Turntable Eye Candy For all you vinyl lovers, I always try to bring you pictures of the turntables. This year, there were some very special sounding vinyl systems; so here it goes. Audio Note TT Two Deluxe (Exhibit: Audio Note UK, Room 202) This is the new two motor version of […]  read more…


2011 2nd CAS Coverage, Part XI

The second California Audio Show by Dagogo has come and gone with great success. This year the show was held close to the San Francisco International airport which, from what I over heard, was very convenient for both attendees and manufacturer/distributors. The show was spread across all five floors of the hotel and all the […]  read more…

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